Haiti facts of the day

Here's how the public sector is doing:

…one-sixth of its staff died, virtually all its buildings were damaged, and its meagre tax revenues fell by 80%.

Here's how the private sector is doing:

…over 1m people are still packed into 1,300 tent cities in and around the capital. The camps’ population is rising. Haitians who fled to the countryside after the disaster have returned in search of jobs and services. And soaring property prices–inevitable after the ruin of so much of the country’s housing–have put rents beyond the reach of most of the displaced.

That's a heap of bad news, but the part about the growing tent cities is perhaps the worst bit.  It means that whatever you read about the tent cities is reflecting the more desirable side of life in Haiti.


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